It can get costly to buy a new Halloween mask for the kids each year. It usually doesn’t cost much, if anything, to make your own masks, though. Plus, it is a fun activity for the children to work on while they wait for the Halloween festivities to begin, and it gives the creative side of their brain a workout. Here are a few ideas to make your own Halloween mask for kids.
Make Your Own Plaster Mask
Begin by deciding on a design, and draw it out on paper. The person who will be wearing the mask will need to pull their hair away from their face and lie down. Cover the face with petroleum jelly. Fill a bowl with water and cut the plaster into large strips. Dip the strips in the water and start laying them across the face, making sure to leave space for the eyes and nose. Add any facial features at this time (horns, etc.). Wait at least three minutes, then carefully remove the mask from the face. Decorate the mask and trim the edges with scissors.
Print-and-Go Halloween Mask
The print-and-go Halloween mask is quick and easy. For this project, you will need a printer, card stock and string. Follow these instructions for downloading the masks and printing them at home. Use the heaviest card stock your printer will allow for an extra durable mask. Cut around it with scissors (give the kids scissors that are age-appropriate), cut out the eye holes, punch a hole on each end and tie the string so it is snug around the head, being careful not to pull too hard and tear the mask.
Paper Plate Halloween Mask
This is a super easy and fun activity for kids. You will only need some paper plates or card stock, craft supplies, scissors, glue and string. Help them cut their plates into the desired shape and punch holes at the edges, as well as where their eyes will be. Cut a strip below and a strip along each side of the nose. Let them paint or color their masks and decorate them with glitter, pipe cleaners and other craft supplies. After they have dried, tie the string so it is snug around their heads, being careful not to tear the masks.
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